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Sense Of Smell Restored With Gene Therapy
2012-09-03 05:40:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Individuals who were not born with an olfactory sense, or who lost the ability to smell due to a disease, could someday once again take in the sweet smells all around them courtesy of new research from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Jeffery Martens, an associate professor of pharmacology, and colleagues were, for the first time, able to cure the condition, known as congenital anosmia, and restore the sense of smell...

2012-08-09 23:01:48

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) this week awarded researchers at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh a $1.7 million grant to support the study of a pioneering approach to gene therapy that may offer new hope for the treatment of chronic illnesses. The study will initially look at its potential to treat a condition called xerostomia. PIttsbugh, PA (PRWEB) August 09, 2012 For all of the potential that gene therapy has demonstrated in clinical trials over the past two decades,...

2012-07-30 13:45:09

A five-country international team, led by Casey Eye Institute Molecular Diagnostic laboratory, BGI and Zhejiang University School of Medicine First Affiliated Hospital identified the NMNAT1 mutations as a cause of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), one of the most common causes of inherited blindness in children. The latest study was published online in Nature Genetics, reporting the genetic characteristics underlying some LCA patients, and providing important evidences that support NMNAT1 as...

2012-07-30 12:53:15

Researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division and their collaborators have isolated an elusive human gene that causes a common form of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a relatively rare but devastating form of early-onset blindness. The new LCA gene is called NMNAT1. Finding the specific gene mutated in patients with LCA is the first step towards developing sight-saving gene therapy....

2012-07-26 06:46:08

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The sound of a horn beeping at you while driving, the chirping crickets after a huge rain storm, and your favorite new One Direction song -- imagine going through life not being able to hear any of it. That is a reality for those living with hearing loss. Now, researchers are trying new things to turn up the volume for the deaf. A new gene therapy approach can reverse hearing loss caused by a genetic defect in a mouse model of congenital deafness. New findings present...

2012-07-26 01:05:02

A new gene therapy approach can reverse hearing loss caused by a genetic defect in a mouse model of congenital deafness, according to a preclinical study published by Cell Press in the July 26 issue of the journal Neuron. The findings present a promising therapeutic avenue for potentially treating individuals who are born deaf. "This is the first time that an inherited, genetic hearing loss has been successfully treated in laboratory mice, and as such represents an important milestone for...

2012-07-26 01:03:22

A novel approach to gene therapy that instructs a person's own cells to produce more of a natural disease-fighting protein could offer a solution to treating many genetic disorders. The method was used to achieve a 2- to 3-fold increase in production of a protein deficient in patients with Friedreich's ataxia, as described in an article published Instant Online in Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (http://www.liebertpub.com) The article is available free...

European Agency Recommends Gene Therapy Approval
2012-07-21 08:56:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A European Union agency for the evaluation of medicinal products is recommending the approval of a gene therapy treatment for a rare disease, which would be the first time a treatment of this kind has received the regulatory go-ahead for use in the West, according to various reports published Friday. A statement released by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) officially...


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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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